Study published on Health Literacy on Functional Decline and Frailty Related to AgeingComments Off on Study published on Health Literacy on Functional Decline and Frailty Related to Ageing

politicoThe study, published in June 2015, generated data for the first time on the levels of health literacy of functional decline and frailty for doctors and older patients (65 to 74 years old) in Latvia and Romania. Furthermore, the study tackles not only the lack of data on the topic but it provides insight from two EU member states, an Eastern European and a Baltic member state that struggle with the fall in fertility coupled with high percentage of outward migration predominantly within the early working age population. Projections on the aging of the population in Latvia and Romania are particularly worrying as the fall in fertility, migration and life expectancy that is below that of the EU-15 member states accelerate the impact of the projected demographic challenges at an unprecedented rate.

The framework of the present study is the European Innovation Partnership on Active and Healthy Ageing (EIPAHA) at EU level. The study is part of a commitment of the Standing Committee of European Doctors (CPME) and the partners in the present study to understand the health literacy of functional decline and frailty and raise awareness of prevention of frailty and functional decline.

CPME was actively contributing to the Strategic Implementation Plan of the EIPAHA , identifying the need for action on Prevention of Frailty and Functional Decline as a European public health priority with significant scope for innovation and positive contribution to demographic challenges.

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